Readers’ Rigs: Swift Ultravox TI
Today’s Readers’ Rig comes all the way from Australia and is a brand that many may not have heard of before, Swift. That could all change soon though with the likes of the Drapac Pro team racing them – including to a stage victory at the recent Tour Down Under. With bikes in the pro peloton and in the amateurs like our reader Andrew’s pink stunner the name is sure to get known.
Name: Andrew Gooding
Location: Melbourne Australia
Bike: Swift Ultravox TI
Groupset: SRAM Red
Wheels: Mavic Ksyrium 125’s
Pedals: Dura-Ace carbon
Saddle: San Marco Carbon FX
Other: Rotor Q Rings, 3T Dorico Team set post, 3T Arx Team Stem, 3T Ergonova Team Carbon bars
When did you buy it?
What made you choose this bike?
When I was looking for frames to suit a little team I was setting up, I got chatting to Jono Cantwell (Ex Tinkoff-Saxo Tour de France rider) about Swift Carbon which was a relatively new brand to Australia, and he mentioned a new colour scheme that was yet to go into production called ‘magenta’ for their top of the line frame set. All he could show me was a poor quality design image on his phone of a bike frame that looked kind of purply-pink.
As vague as this looked and sounded, it seemed a good colour match of one of the sponsors logos. Then of course I rode the bike, and everything I had read to that point about the frames characteristics were spot on. Yes it’s a race bike, but what immediately struck me was what a comfortable bike to ride it was.
So I took the leap and handed over my credit card knowing how good it was going to be to ride, but very unsure about how the final product would actually look. As for how it looked when it landed, the pictures speak for themselves.
What modifications/additions have you done?
Having purchased the frame set, I built it up with bits and pieces of my choosing.
What components are you running?
I’m a SRAM Red guy. I need to feel involved with the gears so the nature of SRAM suits me best. I run Rotor Q Rings which for me have been great. I’m too heavy to be much of a climber so I find that the linear power transfer that comes from using this style of chain rings helps me find a more even and reliable tempo, and hence makes me more comfortable when the road starts heading upwards.
I’ve always liked the shape of 3T Ergonova bars, so by default I match these with 3T stem and seat post. As for wheels, I think I’ve found the ultimate all rounder in the limited edition Ksyrium 125’s. They’re light, they’re stiff and responsive and they have amazing stopping power especially in wet conditions. Oh, and the yellow bits, I love the yellow bits!
How many miles/kilometers do you do a year?
Favorite riding area?
Locally, I like riding around the Yarra Valley to the north east of Melbourne, but if I had to choose one place to ride for a week I’d choose Marin County in California. I was lucky enough to ride there with some mates for a few days in 2013 and I’ve been keen to go back ever since.
Favorite riding experience on your bike?
Pacific Coast Highway One in California from Carmel to Cambria, mid-week on a sunny day with a slight tail wind, with three great friends. Unforgettable.
SRAM Red Electronic Groupo.
Riding a bike like this is like driving around town in a convertible supercar – plenty of people look at you and some wish to themselves “I wish I had one of those” while others think to themselves “jeez that guy looks like a wanker!”.
For more on Swift you can check out their website swiftcarbon.com
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